April 13, 2012

Longwood Beats Presbyterian for First NLC Win

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University earned its first National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) victory 17-7 over visiting Presbyterian College in the game designated for NLC's Cancer Awareness Week Friday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. Senior captain Hannah Riggs|Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie) and redshirt-freshman Alexa Anderson|Richmond (St. Catherines) both tallied four points in the win over the Blue Hose (1-12, 0-3 NLC) as Riggs netted four goals on six shots and Anderson had two goals on two shots with two assists. The Lancers (2-9, 2-1 NLC) stay home at the Athletics Complex in Farmville to face conference rival Jacksonville University on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m.

The match was close in the first half and seemed to be anybody's game with an unusually low 5-2 score at the intermission in favor of Longwood. To start the game, Presbyterian struck first at 25:17, and Longwood answered with goals from junior Jamie Brentlinger|Gambrills, Md. (Arundel) and senior captain Jessica Rudloff|West Chester, Pa. (West Chester) who each finished unassisted at 23:37 and 22:44, respectively. The Blue Hose scored one more at 16:12 before the Lancers netted three-straight at 14:01, 8:09 and 1:55 to close out the half with the three-goal advantage.

The second period was a much different story as both offenses came alive, scoring 17 goals between the two teams. PC again finished the first tally at 26:39 of the second half and was answered by two Longwood goals at 25:31 from sophomore Mary Barondess|Centreville (Westfield) and 24:48 as Riggs netted her third goal. The two teams swapped goals between 23:58 and 19:38 for an 8-5 tally with Longwood still ahead. The hosts then scored another three in a row at 19:10, 18:44 and 16:06 to lead 11-5. The Blue Hose would net just two more goals in a row at 13:05 and 10:55 before the Lancers ran away with the final six goals of the match, securing the 10-goal margin for victory.

Rudloff had two goals on four shots, Brentlinger netted three goals on seven shots, while freshman Sara Jacobson|Gainesville (Battlefield) scored two and sophomore Lauren Prasnicki|Lexington (Rockbridge County), junior Stephanie Schenkel|Brentwood Tenn. (Ravenwood), Barondess and senior Katie Carbiener|Orlando, Fla. (Olympia) all scored one apiece. Prasnicki also added the other assist of the game. Along with her game- and season-high four goals, Riggs also collected a game- and season-high seven ground balls and seven draw controls. Junior transfer Mollie Zimmerman|Fairpoint, N.Y. (Monroe CC|Catawba College) played the full 60 minutes in goal for Longwood, making 12 saves while collecting two ground balls and one caused turnover. The seven goals allowed was a season-low for Zimmerman and the Lancers, and the team also outshot PC 34-22 while winning a staggering 20 draw controls to the visitors' six.

"Today was a team effort," said interim head coach Wendy Stone. "It was great to see different people stepping up, particularly on the offensive end of the field."

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